Loyola University Chicago

English Language Learning Program

Loyola’s ESL program

Conditional Admission

Loyola University Chicago offers conditional admission to applicants who have demonstrated their academic abilities in the classroom but may need additional English language preparation and academic support in order to succeed in their university coursework.

The International Conditional Admission Program (ICAP) is available for most programs, including:

  • Undergraduate Studies (All Majors)

  • Quinlan School of Business

  • Institute of Pastoral Studies

  • School of Law

  • Department of Computer Science

  • School of Communication

If students do not have the required test score they will be conditionally admitted and required to take a placement test with the English Language Learning Program (ELLP). Depending on test results, student may be required to attend one semester or more of ESL coursework before beginning, or concurrently with, university courses.

Transition from ESL to Undergraduate Degree Programs

Students enrolled in Loyola's ELLP (any level) are able to apply for conditional admission to undergraduate programs.

No TOEFL or IELTS score is required for undergraduate admission upon completing one of the following:

  • Minimum final grade of B in all ADVANCED ESL Program classes

  • Passing score on ELLP exit exam and writing placement exam

  • Teacher recommendations

Transition from ESL to Graduate Degree Programs

Programs available:

No TOEFL or IELTS score is required for graduate admission upon completing one of the following two pathways within Loyola's ESL program:

Option 1) Completion of Advanced level ESL courses, ESL 90, 91 and 92 with a minimum final grade of B+ and passing score on ELLP exit exam.

Option 2) Completion of Bridge level course, ESL 101 and 102, with a minimum final grade of B+ and a passing score on ELLP exit exam.

* Each graduate program is different and may choose which pathway is appropriate for their program. For instance, Computer Science may wish to accept passage of the Advanced level ESL (TOEFL score of 80); English may wish to accept passage of the Bridge level ESL courses (TOEFL score of 90)*